About Us

The Rockford Area Arts Council supports, promotes, and develops the arts for everyone in the Northern Illinois region.


The Rockford Area Arts Council is the lead organization for leveraging arts and culture as catalysts for community, economic and educational development.


Supports by re-granting, providing outreach programs to over 120,000 people of all economic backgrounds and bringing the arts to underserved populations.

Promotes the arts through events including ArtScene which promotes over 350 local artists and the State of the Arts and Mayor’s Art Awards which recognize achievements in the arts over the past year.

Develops programs like ArtsPlace giving youth a positive experience, learning job skills through the arts. Since its first summer in 1995 over 1,000 “artist apprentices” have completed the program.


Collaboration Initiate and participate in collaborative efforts that are beneficial to a wide audience.

Education Advocating for excellence in arts education for all ages
Impact Serving as a catalyst to increase awareness of the importance of the arts to the economy and quality of life.

Inspiration Striving to provide the spark that inspires creativity
Support Giving of ourselves and of our resources to encourage the development of artistic expression.

Board of Directors

2019-2020 Rockford Area Arts Council Board of Directors

John Beck, Chairman
Emily Klonicki, Vice Chair
Paula Capone, Treasurer
Armando Cardenas, Secretary

James Crow
Bryn Jakeway
Violet Johnicker
Greg Johnson
Norma Lee Kerns-Barnhart
Maureen Kirschmann
Krista Robinson
Antonia Royal-Whitmore
Ann Rundall
Alison Weust
Ian Yehling


Sharon Nesbit-Davis, Interim Director

Kate Kilgore, Education/Engagement Director

General Inquires

Stop in for information on arts and cultural events in the region!

Rockford Area Arts Council
713 East State Street
Rockford, Illinois 61104
Fax 815-963-8958


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Rockford Area Arts Council
713 E State St.
Rockford, IL 61104
info @ artsforeveryone.com